Royal Forestry Society to offer thousands of pounds through its awards scheme

Woodland owners, farmers, community groups and schools across the South East and south London boroughs are being urged to take part in the Royal Forestry Society's (RFS) 2010 awards.

The Royal Forestry Society Excellence in Forestry Awards 2010 take place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland on a seven-year rotation.

This year is the turn of south London and the South East, and winners will be chosen in five categories:

  • Duke of Cornwall Multi-purpose Woodland
  • Silviculture
  • Community Forestry
  • Farm Woodland
  • Schools Award

RFS competition co-ordinator Trefor Thompson said: "We know there are many fine examples of well managed woodlands across south London and the South East, in private and public ownership and run by non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and this competition aims to showcase the very best.

"Schools do not need to own or manage their own woodlands to take part. There is huge variety of work being undertaken in primary and secondary schools across the curriculum, in the form of classroom projects, art work, story telling or in hands-on field study work, relating to the very many different aspects of woodland management and to the uses that wood can play in our lives. This is an opportunity for schools to showcase the work of their teachers and their pupils and to develop stronger links to forestry and woodland management."

"We are also looking forward to seeing entries from the many different community groups across the area which are doing such great work in opening woodlands and in promoting forestry skills to a wider audience."

Prizes of £1,000 for the winners and £500 for runners up are available in each category. The closing date for entries is noon on 8 March.

As well as London boroughs south of the Thames, the competition covers West and East Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Entry forms and further details are available from Trefor Thompson on 01824 704230 or by emailing


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